Local News

  • Area resident sets speed record

    Pilot William E. Dubois has captured a national speed record. Dubois, an area resident, set a national speed record on a single-engine Ercoupe 415-CD in early April. He also holds the unofficial world speed record for his feat that was achieved with a flight between the Albuquerque International Sunport and Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport in Amarillo, Texas on April 8.

    “It was exciting,” Dubois said during a recent interview at the Las Vegas Airport.

  • Time to celebrate
  • Highlands prez search hits snag

    New Mexico Highlands University regents are scheduled to vote on a new president on Tuesday, but any action they take could be vulnerable to a challenge.

    The university’s regents appear to have missed a key deadline for hiring the president. The snag could force regents to take corrective action, which could delay the hiring of a president by another three weeks.

    The person selected will replace President Jim Fries, who announced that he would be retiring effective June 30.

  • PED: Number of teacher licenses up

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Despite claims that high-stake testing and a new evaluation system are turning educators away from teaching, the New Mexico Public Education Department says the state is on pace to issue around 9,600 new and renewed teacher licenses, marking a 41 percent increase since 2011.

    The agency said this week that New Mexico also is expected to issue more than 2,000 new licenses this year — the largest number in six years.

  • In Brief - News - June 1, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - June 1, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - June 1, 2015

    Swimming lessons offered
    The Highlands University pool will be offering swimming lessons for children 4 and older starting today (Monday) at 10 a.m. through Thursday. Cost is $30 for eight lessons. For information call 454-3073.

  • Weather - June 1, 2015

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 54 by 4 p.m. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 51. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 49.

    Sunny, with a high near 83. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 50.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:47 a.m. to 8:11 p.m.

  • East staff upset with proposals

    Educators at Las Vegas City Schools are up in arms over what they’re calling “destructive cutbacks” that the district has proposed during negotiations with the union.

    The district is currently in negotiations with the National Education Association-LVCS chapter over the coming school year’s contract.

  • Senior profile - Julian and Joann Rains - Decades of Rains in the Meadow City

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    For more than three decades, Julian Rains and his wife, Joann, have immersed themselves in the world of Little League, devoting their time, energy and resources to hundreds of youngsters.